#TIME TO SEE RED A Conversation on Women’s Heart and Brain Health With Dr. Olga Toleva and Patti LeBlanc

January 28, 2020    

Next Presentation in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Conversations & Celebrations Series of
Free Public Events Celebrating Manitoba’s Ceremonial Home

Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon invites Manitobans to join her in engaging in Conversations and Celebrations – a monthly gathering of fascinating and entertaining people from across this great province. Lt.-Gov. Filmon developed this initiative to honour the 135th birthday of Government House during 2018. Based on the overwhelming success of these monthly free public events, the program continues throughout 2020. The next event will be Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Government House. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Despite recent progress, women’s heart and brain health is still vastly misunderstood. Not only are women under-aware of the risks of heart disease and stroke, but are also under-diagnosed and under-treated. Currently, two-thirds of heart disease and stroke clinical research is based on men, yet heart and stroke are the number one cause of premature death for women.

February’s guest speakers are Dr. Olga Toleva and SCAD survivor Patti LeBlanc. Dr. Olga Toleva is an award-winning interventional cardiologist at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She is a Manitoba leader in women’s cardiovascular health and passionate about educating women and those who love them about risk factors, and prevention. She is a driving force in ensuring women are equitably represented in research being funded in the province. Toleva generously shares her time and expertise through many partnerships to advance women’s heart health in our province. LeBlanc, who at 49 and training for her first ultramarathon, suffered a heart attack and will share her personal story. Guests will have opportunity to ask questions of Toleva and LeBlanc, as well as representatives from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

In her role as lieutenant-governor, as well as in her private life, Lt.-Gov. Filmon embraces the role of community connector. Her vision for Conversations and Celebrations is to continue to find meaningful ways to bring Manitobans together to learn, and celebrate unique talents, abilities and perspectives by embracing the rich diversity of this province and its people.

“I am thrilled with how Manitobans have embraced this initiative and we have lots of great presentations planned throughout Manitoba’s 150th anniversary year,” said Lt.- Gov. Filmon. “People are leaving Government House at the end of the evening with their hearts and minds full, eyes wide open to the great things happening in our province and beyond, and inspired to make a difference.”

Events will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. most often on the second Tuesday of each month. Those wishing to attend must register in advance with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor by calling 204-945-2753. Registration is now open. There is no cost to attend.

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Media inquiries only: Kate Gameiro – 204-945-2752